What Parents Need to Know about Boppy Pillow Deaths

by | Jun 20, 2023 | Defective Children's Product, Defective Product, Defective Toys, Product Liability, Product Recall

Boppy pillows are a type of pillow designed to provide support for babies and parents during feeding, bonding, and playtime. In recent years, the Boppy Company has recalled their popular products due to concerns that they are dangerous to infants who may fall asleep on the pillows. There are reports of at least 8 Boppy pillow deaths, which continues to cause alarm among new parents.

No parent should lose a child due to a dangerous or defective product. Boppy has long been a trusted brand among parents, but their negligence related to their products has persisted for many years prior to the recall. This is unacceptable.

As a result of the Boppy recall, many parents are exploring their options for filing a product liability lawsuit against Boppy. If you have questions or would like to explore your rights, Kherkher Garcia, LLP can help. Our defective product attorneys can help you determine if you have an actionable claim, and how to proceed down the road to justice.

What are Boppy Pillows?

Boppy pillows are typically made of a soft, plush material that is filled with either fiberfill or foam. They have a curved shape that helps to support a baby’s head, neck, and back. Boppy pillows also have a strap that can be used to secure them to a chair or sofa.

Boppy pillows can be used for a variety of purposes, including:

  • Breastfeeding: Boppy pillows can help to support a baby in a comfortable position for breastfeeding. They can also help to reduce back pain for the parent.
  • Bottle Feeding: Boppy pillows can also be used for bottle feeding. They can help to keep a baby in a comfortable position and prevent them from rolling over.
  • Bonding: Boppy pillows can be used for bonding time with a baby. They can be used to prop a baby up for tummy time or to help a baby learn to sit up.
  • Playtime: Boppy pillows can also be used for playtime. They can be used to create a safe space for a baby to play and explore.

Why Are Boppy Pillows so Popular?

Boppy pillows are a versatile and comfortable way to support babies and parents. They are a popular choice for new parents and can be used for a variety of purposes. Here are some of the reasons why Boppy pillows are so popular among new parents:

  • Reduces Back Pain: Boppy pillows can help to reduce back pain for parents by providing support for their arms and shoulders.
  • Makes Breastfeeding Easier: Boppy pillows can help to make breastfeeding easier by providing a comfortable position for both the parent and the baby.
  • Promotes Bonding: Boppy pillows can help to promote bonding between parents and babies by providing a comfortable and safe space for them to interact.
  • Provides Support for Playtime: Boppy pillows can provide support for babies during playtime, helping them to learn to sit up and explore their surroundings.

Boppy pillows are an effective way to support babies and parents. However, it is important to use them correctly. Boppy pillows should not be used for sleep, and babies should never be left unsupervised while using them.

What are the Risks of Boppy Pillow Deaths?

While they can be helpful for positioning a baby during breastfeeding or bottle-feeding, there have been concerns raised about the potential risks associated with Boppy pillow use. The primary concerns are:


Suffocation or positional asphyxia is the primary concern among safety and health experts. Boppy pillows are soft and have a rounded shape, which can pose a danger if a baby’s face becomes pressed against the pillow, obstructing their airway. This can happen if the baby rolls or shifts position while on the pillow, especially if they are very young or unable to move themselves.

Fall Injuries

Additionally, there have been reports of babies falling off Boppy pillows, which can result in injuries. The pillows are not designed to be used as a sleep surface or for unsupervised use, and using them inappropriately can lead to accidents. Falls from Boppy pillows can cause bruises, head trauma, fractures, broken bones, or cuts.

What Boppy Products are Subject to Recall?

The Boppy Company has recalled the following products due to a risk of suffocation:

  • Boppy Original Newborn Lounger
  • Boppy Preferred Newborn Lounger
  • Pottery Barn Kids Boppy Newborn Lounger

These products are all soft, fabric loungers that are designed to be used for tummy time, feeding, and bonding. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has determined that these products pose a suffocation hazard for infants.

If you have a Boppy Newborn Lounger, you can contact The Boppy Company at 800-416-1355 or visit their website at www.boppy.com for more information about the recall.

What Should I do if My Child was Harmed by a Boppy Pillow?

If your child has been harmed by a Boppy pillow or other consumer product, it is important to prioritize their health and safety. Here are some general steps you can consider taking:

  1. Seek Medical Attention: If your child is injured or experiencing any health issues, it is crucial to seek medical help right away. Contact your pediatrician or go to the nearest emergency room, depending on the severity of the situation.
  2. Document the Incident: Take detailed notes about what happened, including the date, time, and circumstances surrounding the incident. Preserve any evidence, such as photographs of the injuries or the Boppy pillow itself, as it may be useful in assessing the situation later on.
  3. Report the Incident: Consider reporting the incident to the appropriate regulatory authorities or consumer protection agencies in your country. This step can help raise awareness and contribute to product safety efforts.
  4. Contact a Product Liability Attorney: Consult with a qualified attorney who specializes in product liability or personal injury cases. They will be able to evaluate the specifics of your situation, provide legal advice, and guide you through the potential legal options available to you.
  5. Follow the Legal Process: If you decide to pursue legal action, your attorney will guide you through the necessary steps, which may include filing a lawsuit against the manufacturer, distributor, or other relevant parties. It is important to comply with any legal requirements and deadlines involved.

Remember, these steps are general suggestions and may vary depending on your jurisdiction and the specific circumstances of your case. Consulting with an attorney who specializes in product liability cases is crucial for obtaining accurate and personalized advice based on the laws in your area.

How Can I File a Boppy Pillow Death Lawsuit?

When you or your child are injured due to a consumer product, you have the right to pursue legal action against the product designer, manufacturer, or distributor. These parties should be held accountable for injuries their products cause. Boppy pillow deaths represent the worst outcome from dangerous or defective products.

To file a Boppy pillow death lawsuit, it is recommended that you speak with a product liability attorney before initiating any type of legal action. Product liability claims can be complex, and you will benefit by having a skilled attorney on your side.

At Kherkher Garcia, we have more than three decades of experience filing and winning complex lawsuits on behalf of our clients. If you have questions about a Boppy pillow death lawsuit, contact us to learn more. Our attorneys will help you:

  • Determine if you have an actionable claim
  • Meet with you to build your case
  • File your lawsuit
  • Gather evidence, interview witnesses, and contact experts
  • Attempt to negotiate a settlement on your behalf
  • Fight for you in court if we cannot settle your claim

The attorneys at Kherkher Garcia have obtained billions of dollars on behalf of our clients. But monetary compensation is not our passion – our passion is pursuing justice for families harmed by defective or dangerous products.

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Jesus Garcia

Jesus Garcia

Founding Partner and Trial Lawyer

This article was written and reviewed by Injury Trial Lawyer and Founding Firm Partner Jesus Garcia. Jesus has been a practicing injury lawyer for more than 20 years. He has won $150 Million+ in Settlements and Verdicts for his clients. He is a force of nature in the courtroom and the trial lawyer you want on your side if you or a loved one have been seriously injured at work or on the road. Abogado Jesus Garcia is bilingual and passionate about being the voice in the courtroom for the spanish speaking community here in Houston, across the state of Texas, and throughout the Nation.

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